• Residents vow to keep Ottery’s library open

    10th June 2014 | News | Claire
  • The library is under threat of closure, following Devon County Council’s proposals to withdraw funding from the facility, along with others across the county.

    One resident told of how the library was her “lifeline” when she was suffering from mental health issues.

    A blind resident said that the library was “absolutely essential” to her life and a bus trip to Honiton or Exmouth could be very difficult.

    A letter from King’s headteacher, Faith Jarrett, said that access to a local library was a “key feature” for developing a love of reading in young people.

    Devon County Council says it must cut £1.5m from its library budget over the next three years.

    The council loses £110m from its budgets by 2017 and follows a similar amount cut in the last four years.

    Ottery’s library is very popular and well-used. One of the most popular libraries in Devon, in fact.

    Cllr Roger Giles told the meeting that the library must be kept open “by hook or by crook.”

    The above post is based on this week’s front page story in the Ottery Herald.

    For background about Ottery’s library and how it scores on the Devon County Council index scale, see an earlier post here – http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/is_otterys_library_being_penalised_because_of_its_building

    To take part in the libraries public consultation you can do so by commenting here – http://new.devon.gov.uk/libraryreview/

    The consultation closes on 17 July.